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Breakaway screens to a packed crowd in Ottawa
On Monday, October 3, Bollywood came to Ottawa.
Seventh in a series of special screenings in Ottawa hosted by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, over 800 moviegoers crowded into the National Arts Centre for the Ottawa premiere of Breakaway.
Joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, along with his wife, Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, other parliamentarians, and High Commissioner of India to Canada among others, Minister Moore introduced the film saying “We have so much to be proud of as Canadians”.
Michel Roy, Chairman of the Board of Telefilm, Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, as well as the film’s producer and distributor, were all on hand for the evening’s festivities.
After the screening, guests were treated to a Bollywood-style reception.
Breakaway is the story of an all Sikh hockey team. Co-written by 26-year old Vinay Virmani, who also stars in the movie, the film was directed by Robert Lieberman, who also directed the third instalment in the Mighty Ducks franchise.
The film also stars Indo-Canadian comedian Russell Peters, Anupam Kher, Gurpreet “Ghuggi” Singh, Rob Lowe and Camilla Belle, and features a cameo from Canadian rapper Drake, who also provided songs for the movie’s soundtrack along with Ludacris.
Currently in theatres, Breakaway enjoyed a successful opening weekend in Canadian theatres, taking in more than $550,000 at the box office.
Minister Moore with star and co-writer Vinay Virmani and Ajay Virmani (co-producer) at the Ottawa premiere of Breakaway
Minister Moore addresses the packed house at the Ottawa premiere of Breakaway
Minister Moore, Ajay Virmani and Vinay Virmani
Michel Roy, Chairman of the Board of Telefilm Canada, Collette Watson, Vice-President of Rogers TV, André Bureau, Chairman of the Board of Astral, Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO of the OMDC, Hubert Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, André Rouleau, President of Caramel Films, Ajay Virmani, co-producer, Vinay Virmani, Minister Moore, Don Carmody, producer, Mark Slone, Senior Vice-President Marketing and Publicity at Alliance Films, and Rupinder “Rup” Magon of JoSH